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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

➽ Installed Statping in my Cloudron instance. Possibly an alternative to updown.io. And by the way, I still love Cloudron. It’s like SetApp for SaaS apps.

➽ Oops, I forgot to set the correct categories to prevent this post from being included in the main RSS feed before I’m ready.

➽ I just reread Pressfield’s “War of Art” (again), looking for whatever it is that people find in it. There’s nothing there. It’s a terrible book and you should, ahem, Resist reading it. I can’t explain why so many people have fallen for it.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

⛅️ Partly cloudy +72°F

➽ I hate when I hit “Log In” before remembering to check the “Remember me” checkbox.

➽ “You could be good today, but instead you choose tomorrow.” — Marcus Aurelius. Damn, Marcus.

➽ Hey look, @hjertnes is using twtxt: https://hjertnes.social/twtxt.txt. I’d almost forgotten about twtxt. Mine is rarely used, but here: http://tilde.club/~jbaty/twtxt.txt

The False Hope of an American Rocket Launch – The Atlantic makes sense, but can’t we just let good things be good things once in a while? I don’t believe that a terrible thing over here precludes there being a wonderful thing over there. They can both exist at the same time. Let’s fix the terrible things, but not by dismissing the wonderful ones.

➽ Emacs is a procrastination engine

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Monday, June 29, 2020

⛅️ Partly cloudy +81°F

➽ I’m in that place where I’m utterly bored but don’t feel like doing anything at all. Feels awful.

➽ Was lamenting the fact that I hardly ever use my nice iPad Pro, so I wrote a post about it.

➽ For someone who claims indifference when it comes to coffee, I sure have a lot of coffee-making gear. I normally use the Fellow drip system or a Chemex pour-over. They’re great, but I decided that sometimes I’d like to push a button in the morning and have a pot of coffee ready when I get back from walking the dog. For this, I bought a Moccamaster KBT drip brewer. Can’t wait to try it.

Posted in: Hardware

I should just sell the big iPad

My big, beautiful 12.9″ iPad Pro with the fancy new Magic Keyboard sits on a shelf, almost all the time. I should probably sell it.

I don’t sell it, because I occasionally get a wild hair and decide to “do more with the iPad”. This seldom lasts more than a week. I know there are many people who adore their iPad-centric lives (I know this because they never shut up about it 😍), but I find it difficult to do anything substantial on iOS. This could be because I’m an Old, but there it is.

I buy apps that I hope will encourage me to use the Pencil more, but I hardly ever use the pencil. Taking notes on the iPad is nothing like using paper. And it offers nothing for me that improves upon writing on paper and, optionally, scanning. Drawing on the iPad feels like cheating, so that doesn’t happen often either.

One would think that I’d use the iPad more just farting around at home, given the giant dimensions of the 16″ MacBook Pro that I choose to lug around instead. I don’t. I always grab the big MBP. Because it has and does everything and it’s easier to use in most settings.

Last year I gave away my iPad Mini and I miss that little guy. I used the Mini as a pseudo Kindle all the time and loved it. It was the same size as my A5 notebook so carrying both was easy.

It sounds silly, but I might rather have an iPad Mini and a MacBook Air as the portable version of the 16″ MBP.

It’s unlikely that I’ll actually sell the iPad. It has so much potential and someday I might figure out how to realize more of it.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

☀️ Clear +62°F

➽ I would like to learn more about something today. I’ve no idea what, though.

➽ I should write something about my move back into Lightroom Classic but I’m embarrassed by it, after all of my no-more-Adobe and love for Capture One and the cleverness of Mylio.

➽ Not posting anything to Instagram feels like wanting to participate in conversations with my friends and family at a popular pub, but refusing to join them and expecting them all to come to my house instead.

➽ I’ve seen a few references to It’s all just fashion shows and I often feel the same way, but it can also be interpreted as yet another example of “Someone changed something that I don’t value and therefore is unnecessary.”.

Hook is useful and clever but I always forget it’s there and so I rarely think to use it.

➽ It’s kind of a shame that with a 3-letter email domain I still have to spell it out for people. “No, it’s aich-eee-why dot com”. Hoping the service gets popular enough where everyone already knows how it’s spelled. And I didn’t get the “jack” username so instead of “jackbaty” I went with “jbaty” because it’s shorter. I’m afraid it doesn’t read as well, but, like phone numbers, once people have it they don’t need to remember it later.

➽ Weasel words in a passive voice are my jam

➽ If it’s true that Safari in Big Sur can use easily-ported extensions from Chrome and people actually bother to port them, I guess that would settle the browser question for me.

➽ After doing a side-by-side comparison in my home office of the Sonos Play:3 and the HomePod…I prefer the sound (and appearance) of the HomePod. Sure wish Roon would add Airplay 2 support so I could use both HomePods.

➽ Suddenly my Plex server on the Synology stopped working. I’m growing tired of fragile, complex setups.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

🌧 Moderate rain at times +65°F

➽ Trying the Safari Technology Preview from Big Sur so I don’t have to install Big Sur yet. I dig it.

➽ I can’t figure out why Mutt only shows 47 emails in the HEY mbox archive but I know there’s like 600 in there.

➽ From now on, if you forward a giant email thread to me and only add, “Thoughts?”, you’re banned for life.

➽ Confession: I almost always shoot in Program mode using autofocus (assuming the camera supports it).

➽ Finished season one of “What We Do In the Shadows” and it was just as much fun as the movie, which I loved to death. Great stuff.

Posted in: Technology/Software

Using HEY for email

Last week I posted my First impressions of HEY email. Today, I paid the $99 for the next year, so I guess the pros beat the cons.

Sometimes it’s best to just let things go. For example, the idea of “Inbox Zero”. I’ve come to think of Inbox Zero as yet another thing to punish myself about when I fail to achieve it. I don’t need more ways to feel bad about myself. HEY does a good job of making me not care. No unread icons, no notifications by default. Just a list of new emails that fall down into a list of “previously seen” messages once I’ve read them. No rush.

That “previously seen” list represents something else I need to let go of… archiving. It’s taken a few days, but I’m learning to not worry about archiving messages. They just drop out of sight. If I don’t want to lose track of a particular message, I just “set it aside” and it sticks. Or I can put it into the “Reply Later” collection.

Email clients are really just fancy file managers.

I’ve seen many reactions to HEY that claim “HEY is just a bunch of fancy filters, I can easily recreate the experience in Gmail.” While that’s true, sort of, HEY is more than a few clever filters. It’s the less obvious features of HEY, and, along with the general workflow, that are worth such a disruptive change for me. A few examples…

Renaming threads. The ability to change the subject of incoming emails is terrific. Message lists now read like a collection of notes I’ve taken rather than a list of whatever every individual sender blurted out. I now rename half of the messages I receive. I hadn’t realized how many emails I get with hard-to-parse subjects. Now I can fix them, and everyone else still sees the original subject, so this doesn’t confuse anyone.

Merging threads. This is great. I no longer need to manage multiple related threads. I merge them so replies to any of the messages in any thread end up in my merged thread. Everything behaves normally for everyone else, though. Handy.

Bundling senders. There are some senders from which I receive lots of messages. Things like Gitlab, Basecamp, etc. Now I “bundle” those senders and no matter how many messages I get, they only take up one one line in my Imbox (still don’t like “Imbox” but ¯_(ツ)_/¯).

Sticky Notes and Notes to Self. This is huge for me. I often want to add a quick note about an email, so what I used to do was link or copy the message into whatever note-taking tool I’m using and write the notes there. Now, I do it right in the email thread. Before HEY, I only did this with emails that really needed notes, but now I do it all the time because it’s so easy. This is also much better than creating a bunch of draft replies around for keeping notes.

I don’t like that HEY is its own thing and not a “real” email service. And it remains to be seen how well this works once I get a lot of history in there; I’m used to the fancy searching features in Mu4e or MailMate. I can export an mbox file any time and have all my messages local for searching with whatever, so that might work if needed.

I may not be able to fly through my inbox like I used to; tagging and filing and flagging and building new smart mailboxes. On the other hand, HEY makes it so I don’t have to.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

⛅️ Partly cloudy +59°F

➽ Twitter is essential and infuriating. I often tell myself that “…it’s not at all essential and harumph!…” but I lie. I’m not participating much, but it remains a great, possibly the best, place to go when I want to laugh and learn of amazing things. It’s just that I find it impossible to screen out the toxic, ridiculous bullshit that permeates the place.

➽ I’m trying to utilize Basecamp more deeply in work projects. If I avoid the urge to want to change everything, it’s a great tool. Just use what it offers and relax, would be the theme I’m testing.

➽ I’m coming around to the idea that having everything in one place is more important than having a handful of separate tools just because they each do certain things better.

➽ “Don’t Allow” is the correct option.

➽ I’m installing iOS 14 beta on my phone because I hate myself, but I suppose as long as the phone and Messages and Maps still works, I’m good.

➽ I paid for HEY. Guess I like it.

➽ People seem to think that streaming music is somehow “dangerous” because they don’t “own” the music. I’ve solved this. I buy the music I want (either on vinyl or as downloadable files) and listen to Spotify or whatever for the rest. Spotify is an awesome $10/month radio.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

☀️ Clear +60°F

➽ I stopped forwarding my email to HEY.com and almost immediately missed some of HEY’s features. I don’t see how I can’t sign up for a year and see where it goes. Once custom domains are available it will be an easier call to make.

➽ Continuing to move my synced files from Dropbox to Syncthing. I’m finally hitting the wall with Dropbox trying to sell me shit.

➽ My favorite Finder replacement, Forklift, has become rather unstable on my machines. This is sad, because it’s a very nice app. In case i need to abandon it at some point, I’m trying to find little enhancements around a Finder/iTerm workflow. One nice thing I found was OpenInTerminal.

➽ And now we have Foam | A personal knowledge management and sharing system for VSCode

➽ My Tower git client license just renewed for $69. Ouch, and surprise! It’s good though.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

➽ I see that Olympus is selling off their “imaging” business (aka cameras). That’s sad. I still own and use an OM1n and an OM2. Wonderful little cameras. A couple of my earlier posts: Around the yard with the OM-2n (2015) and Olympus OM-1n (2009).

➽ Most days I think I’d like to become a Rails developer again. Monoliths are coming back, and Rails does monoliths superbly.

➽ I don’t want to like Roam as much as I do. I can’t help it.